May 2, 2013 11:00am PDT
. >>> prosecutor juan martinez has been giving his argument for the last hour calling jodi arias a manipulative individual who wants to play the victim. in a big break for the defense earlier, the trial judge told a jury they can consider the lesser charge of manslaughter. arias is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting death of her boyfriend, travis alexander in 2008. she has confessed to killing him and could face the death penalty if convicted. nbc has been informing the proceedings out of phoenix for us. diana, back to the judge's decision. did that catch everyone off guard or by surprise? >> reporter: yeah, you know, everyone in the courtroom said, wow, now this jury has options. that is big a deal here. they can choose to go for a second-degree murder or a manslaughter. both of which carry sentences of years in prison as opposed to first-degree murder which carries the death penalty. so now if there is a juror that has any shred of doubt that she was a cold-blooded murderer, they can choose to go with a lesser option and that's considered a big win for the defense.
May 3, 2013 11:00am PDT
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